HL & Gladys Coffey Collection

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HL & Gladys Coffey Collection

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Hernando Leroy Coffey was born on February 13, 1900, in Watauga County Meat Camp/Bald Mountain Township to Victor and Frances Moretz Coffey. H. L.‘s family moved to Patterson, North Carolina around 1910. On May 11, 1913, his mother and his brother died during child birth. Of the surviving children, H. L. was the oldest. He had three sisters and two brothers. He worked in Winston Salem in his early years. Around 1918, he purchased a camera. This is the camera that he used to take the photographs in these first collections.
H. L. moved to Detroit, Michigan around 1923, where he enrolled at Michigan State Auto School. A photograph is still at the home place of him and his class mates at a July 17, 1924, annual picnic. He later worked at Pyramid Tool and Stamp Company in Detroit. Around 1929-1930 he lost his job because of the depression and moved back to Boone. For income, he and a friend Fred Holman were cutting timber on Big Hill Road. While sharpening his saw, he met a young girl Gladys Moretz. Around 1932, he was called back to his job in Detroit. He and Gladys wrote letters to each other and were later married on December 26, 1934. Two days after they were married they moved to Detroit. H. L. passed away December 7, 1969.
Mary Gladys Moretz was born on September 23, 1915 in Watauga County, Meat Camp Township to Herbert Cleveland Moretz Sr. and Pearl Carpenter Moretz. Gladys was the oldest child. She had 6 brothers. Four of her brothers served in WWII and all returned home safe.
Around 1930 she met H. L. Coffey who with Fred Holman was cutting timber across the road form where she lived. Around 1932, H. L. was called back to his old job in Detroit. Sometime after H. L. went back to Detroit, he purchased a camera and gave it to Gladys. Some of the photographs in the collection taken after 1933 will be with her camera. Gladys had not lived in a house that had electricity until she and H. L. were married on December 26, 1934 and moved to Detroit. Gladys passed away October 25, 2005.
H. L. and Gladys had three children: Jon, born in Detroit, Leroy also born in Detroit and Mary Ann born in Boone, NC. Mary Ann passed away in 2009. H. L. and Gladys’ cameras are at the home place with thousands of negatives. H. L. and Gladys took lots of photographs in Boone and Detroit. Their son, Leroy, also taught photography at Concord High School in Concord, North Carolina.
H. L., Gladys, Jon, and Leroy moved back to Boone (onto land close where H. L. and Gladys were raised) in April 1946.

Items in the HL & Gladys Coffey Collection Collection

Riverview School Members
Black and white image of students and teachers of Riverview School posing for the camera in 1917.

Riverview School Students
Sepia image of students of Riverview School posing for the camera in 1914.

Group Fishing Trip
Sepia image of a large group of men, women, and children on a fishing trip, including Poly Moretz, holding the fishing seine on the left, Sally Coffey, and Reverend Luther Carpenter, located on the back row with the white beard.

Fishing Trip Postcard
Sepia image of a postcard showing a large group of men, women, and children on a fishing trip, including Poly Moretz, holding the fishing seine on the left, Sally Coffey, and Reverend Luther Carpenter, located on the back row with the white beard.

Fishing Trip Postcard
Sepia image of a postcard showing a large group of men, women, and children on a fishing trip, including Poly Moretz, holding the fishing seine on the left, Sally Coffey, and Reverend Luther Carpenter, located on the back row with the white beard.

Group Fishing Trip
Sepia image of a large group of men, women, and children on a fishing trip, including Poly Moretz, holding the fishing seine on the left, Sally Coffey, and Reverend Luther Carpenter, located on the back row with the white beard.

Paul Moretz
Sepia image of Paul Moretz standing outside of a building posing for the camera.

Man and Building
Black and white image of an unknown man standing in front of a building.

Man and Building
Black and white image of an unknown man standing in front of a building.

Group on the New River
Black and white image of Paul Moretz, Mabel Davis (Moretz), Frances Coffey, Maggie Moretz, and Doris Coffey, front to back, on the New River.

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